Special May Event - Attend a Microsoft //publish/ event to get your app published

Where: New Horizions, Albany NY
When: Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 9:00am-1:00PM
Who: TVUG, Microsoft


IMPORTANT: Please note that we will be meeting at New Horizons Albany for this event.  Also note that ideally you will bring a laptop (see details below) for a hands-on opportunity.

Your unfinished passion project.
The game that’s missing a final level.
The app in need of a few testers.
Join your peers for that final mile.

Publish it.


Bring your existing app and game projects to Microsoft's //publish/ event to code with developers from around the world. Collaborate and get help with app design, performance, testing, publishing, porting from Unity - you name it. It's a Microsoft sponsored event devoted to getting your app up and running smoothly on Windows phones, tablets, and PCs.

Receive onsite support from Microsoft and community experts to remove blockers and add the finishing touches to your project. Join a testing group of your peers and try your app out on a range of devices. Connect online with developers and Microsoft product specialists from all over the globe in simultaneous worldwide events. Show off your completed project at the App Showcase.

Prizes will be awarded to showcase winners and there are special incentives to submit your app for publishing while at the event. Don't forget - apps published to the Windows or Windows Phone Store before June 1st, 2014 are eligible for even more great prizes through the //publish/ Developer Contest.

Register for the Albany //publish/ event here.  The Albany event will be Saturday morning, May 17th, from 9:00am to 1:00 pm.  All registered attendees will receive a t-shirt and other gifts, courtesy of Microsoft.  Not ready to build that app? Register for //publish and come on down and we'll show how easy it is to write and publish apps for Windows Store and Windows Phone.

May Meeting - Cross-Platform Mobile Development Using C# with Mike Bluestein (Xamarin)

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, May 13th, 2013, 6:30pm

TVUG welcomes Mike Bluestein from Xamarin for our May user group presentation.

This session will present Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android, showing how they can be used to do native iOS and Android development respectively using C#. We'll discuss how each product works to expose native APIs from Apple and Google and present strategies for building applications leveraging .NET for code sharing across platforms. We'll then walk through how to build such an application targeting both iOS and Android using Visual Studio.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.


Bio
Mike Bluestein is a developer evangelist for Xamarin. He is one of the first users of Xamarin.iOS, dating back to the pre-Xamarin days when the product was called MonoTouch. He is also the author of the book Learning MonoTouch: A Hands-On Guide to Building iOS Applications with C# and .NET. Previously Mike was a Principal Engineer at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks where he worked on a variety engineering applications.

April Meeting - Advanced LINQ with Michael Phipps

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, April 8th, 2013, 6:30pm

Everything that you never wanted to know about LINQ but were afraid to ask.

Do you ever need to build line of business apps quickly? Would you like to be able to whip up a full web based app in an hour From "What is LINQ?" and "Why would I want to use THAT" all the way to the use of multi-cast lambda expressions, we will make a quick tour through all things LINQ including some corners that you may never have heard of.

Bio

Michael Phipps will be our presenter for another April evening.  A bio will be coming soon.

March Meeting - IIS Administration: Tricks, Tips and Pitfalls

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY
When: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, 6:30pm

Internet Information Services (or IIS) is the platform on which ASP.NET applications along with other types of web frameworks run.  There are many facets to configuration of IIS and the applications that run under it and a lot changed in the transition from IIS 6 to IIS 7.  This session will look at how IIS and the applications running on it are configured, some of the tips and tricks to running an effective site and some of the pitfalls and gotchas one might encounter when working with IIS.  Be sure to bring along any questions you have specific to IIS app configuration or generally about Windows web application hosting.

Bio

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Local mushroom expert (the marginally poisonous Boletus Lanoie is named after him) Peter Lanoie brings his skills to TVUG.  As a skilled amateur forensic hair stylist, Peter has helped state and local police identify bodies by remnants of hair products left on the deceased. Peter is an expert Flugelhorn player and hopes to bring his musical stylings to SPAC this year. In his free time, Peter enjoys candlepin bowling, knitting turtle sweaters, and turning the beat around.  And to think, Peter wrote his own bio but wanted this instead.

February Meeting - Talk to the Hardware with Windows 8.1

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, 6:30pm

Windows 8.1 allows developers to communicate with a variety of devices through several interfaces. In this session, we will look at how to talk to hardware connected via USB and Bluetooth, as well as some of the new APIs which allow Windows 8.1 to talk to Point of Sale (POS) devices, scanners, and even 3D printers using real examples with real hardware!  
As a bonus, though it isn't Windows 8.1 specific, we will also take a quick look at the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK!

Please note: Due to an error with a previous edition of this post, certain details have been corrected.  Brian will show how to talk to devices, not to animals.

Bio
Founder of the Mohawk Glow Bocci League (and resident DJ at the Opulent Temple), Brian Peek has been mixing his love of software development with animal husbandry for the last 30 years. Accused of being the mastermind of the Laser Guided Scissor, Brian is currently working with Jimmy Dee on the lyrics to the Tarrytown production of "I dream of Jeanie: The Musical". Brian frequently pitches new show ideas to GSN and has a gold plated Sony ECM-51 for the day his show is picked. Once again, Brian has made the tactical error of not including a bio with the presentation description.

January Meeting - Cross-Platform Localization for Mobile Apps Using .NET

Everyone wants to get their apps in front of the largest possible audience, and as mobile app stores are global, your app should be too. That makes localization into a vital marketing expense.

New development tools make it easy to support multiple languages and cultures, and you’ll find that the hardest part is the language translation itself.

When doing a native application, of course you want to hit the major platforms: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. By using the .NET Framework on each platform, you can share much of the code and get the globalization and localization functionality that comes with .NET. By building the application for Windows Phone first or concurrently with iOS and Android, you will be able to leverage some powerful tools from the .NET stack to make localization much easier to code.

We are going to build the same application on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8, all in C#. To do this, I will use Xamarin’s Android and iOS tools (formerly known as MonoDroid and MonoTouch). Xamarin’s iOS and Android products use the native localization mechanisms on each platform.

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY
When: Tuesday, January 14th, 2014, 6:30-8:30PM

Presenter Bio

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When former football star Chris Miller isn’t wearing his Microsoft MVP jacket, he occasionally works as a Senior R&D Engineer at Tyler Technologies.  His many hobbies include impersonating Ellen DeGeneres (see photo), sculpture, having panic attacks, and harassing developers looking for help on community sites. His autobiography, a 3 page pamphlet titled “Rock-afire Implosion: My Life as a Chuck E. Cheese Mascot” is available nowhere. Chris continues to not write his own bio.

December Meeting - Building an End-to-End Desktop, Web and Mobile Application with Windows Azure

Update: Download the slides and code here!  -> ShawnMountain.zip (11.93 mb)

Building complete ecosystems of web, desktop and mobile applications with a server backend used to require whole teams of specialized developers. In this session, you will learn how to build a complete system all within Visual Studio 2013.
 
The backend will consist of the following:

  • Windows Azure Websites or Web Roles
  • SQL Azure
  • Entity Framework
  • WebAPI

 The frontends we will use the following:

  • Desktop - WPF, Telerik controls.
  • Mobile - Icenium and the KendoUI Mobile framework
  • Web - MVC, Bootstrap, JQuery and KendoUI Web.

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6:30-8:30PM
Presenter: Shawn Gwin

Presenter Bio


Shawn Gwin is a local developer and competive clog dancer who recently took 7th place in the Captial District's Klompendansen Festival.  Shawn is intimately familiar with many local hiring departments and spends his free time as a volunteer weatherman.  When not writing about Windows Azure, Shawn can also be found in his home workshop where he crafts replicas of 18th century door knobs using only 17th century tools. For some strange reason, Shawn is allowed free entry into Walt Disney World. 

November Meeting Canceled!

Due to a variety of scheduling conflicts, our November meeting is canceled, and we will instead meet at our normal date and time in December.  So, on December 10, 2013 at 6:30pm, Shawn Gwin will be presenting on the following:

Building complete ecosystems of web, desktop and mobile applications with a server backend used to require whole teams of specialized developers. In this session, you will learn how to build a complete system all within Visual Studio 2013.
 
The backend will consist of the following:

  • Windows Azure Websites or Web Roles
  • SQL Azure
  • Entity Framework
  • WebAPI

The frontends we will use the following:

  • Desktop - WPF, Telerik controls.
  • Mobile - Icenium and the KendoUI Mobile framework
  • Web - MVC, Bootstrap, JQuery and KendoUI Web.


Happy Thanksgiving!

October Meeting - Kendo UI: The HTML5 Developer Sword

Kendo UI is an HTML5 framework for building stunning UI for both desktop and mobile as well as rich data visualization. It provides everything you need for building sites and apps with JavaScript and HTML. From it's full featured Grid and Scheduler, to it's robust MVVM binding and SPA framework, Kendo UI has you covered no matter what sort of device you are developing for. In this quick session, you will get an introduction to Kendo UI, as well as see the Kendo UI framework in action and learn how you can begin building cross-platform and cross-device sites and apps today.

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Monday, October 21st, 2012, 6:30-8:30PM
Presenter: Lee Brandt, AdventureTech 

NOTE:  To meet Lee's schedule for the I-90, we are meeting on a Monday night.

Presenter Bio 

Lee has been programming professionally for more than a decade and currently works as a Project Lead Consultant with AdventureTech. He speaks internationally about software development practices and has mentored teams on improving their approach to lean software development through achieving technical proficiency. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, the director of the Kansas City Developer Conference  and serves as the Regional Mentor for .Net user groups in Kansas and Missouri.

Vermont Code Camp - Saturday, September 21, 2013, 8:30am - 6pm

Vermont Code Camp is a full day event that brings together technology community members, students and professionals from around Vermont and beyond. There will be sessions on a variety of software topics including programming, databases, web, business and more.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 8:30am - 6pm
Where: Kalkin Hall on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, VT

Registration is free. 

 

Matt Ammerman from Apprenda, presenting at VT Code Camp 4.
Picture by Julie Lerman